A couple of recent odd instances of celebrities endorsing politicians have spurred further investigation on the topic. The merging of pop culture and politics, although slightly frightening in some respects, also proves to be highly amusing.
Nicki Minajâ€™s recent lyrics about Romney in her rap as a guest artist on Lilâ€™ Wayneâ€™s album released at the beginning of September caused a great deal of debate on her political stance: â€œIâ€™m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/You lazy b*****s is f*****g up the economy.â€
These lyrics caused so much controversy that President Obama even mentioned it, saying that he doesnâ€™t know what was going on in those lyrics, but he acknowledged that she â€œlikes to play different characters.â€ Â Minaj later responded through her twitter: â€œ@nickiminaj Ha! Thank you for understanding my creative humor & sarcasm Mr. President, the smart ones always doâ€¦ *sends love & support* @barackobama.â€
After all the craziness, it seems clear now that Nikki Minaj is actually a democrat.
Last May, Rebecca Black (remember, the â€œFridayâ€ girl?) made a special trip down to Morelos, Mexico to endorse Mexican presidential candidate, Enrique PeÃ±a Nieto. Â What was she doing there? Â I thought she would be â€œlookinâ€™ forward to the weekendâ€ and sheâ€™d be busy â€œgettinâ€™ down on Friday.â€ Â Instead, she offered her support to the candidate: â€œPeÃ±a Nieto is going to do a fantastic job,â€ Black said.
According to an article in the Huffington Post, Blackâ€™s mother is originally from Mexico and it was later uncovered that her uncle, Gustavo Petricioli, is a council member for the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), Nietoâ€™s party. Â Unfortunately, poor Rebecca Black found herself on the wrong side of critiques once again. Â According to Nietoâ€™s critics, the PRI is corrupt and he will be an oppressive leader. Â Her support of the campaign has been said to be a â€œjoke,â€ and critics also claim that she is not well informed.
Lastly, here is a story worth mentioning, as it could perhaps influence future campaigning methodology (I hope). Â This story is one of a politician hoping to hook voters by using pop music to his advantage.
Adam Bermudez, one of four candidates running in a Democratic state legislative primary for the New York State Assembly, created (another) parody of â€œCall me Maybe.â€ Â His version, â€œVote for me Maybeâ€ utilizes lyrics relevant to his campaign and the catchy tune to influence voters and get his name out there on a limited budget.
â€œHey, I just met you/ And this is crazy/ But hereâ€™s my platform/ Vote for me, maybe?â€
The video of him singing his version of the song and playing guitar can be found on YouTube.
Iâ€™m impressed. If I lived in New York, Iâ€™d vote for you, maybe.
What is yet to be seen in celebrity political endorsements and politicians embracing pop culture? Â I would be willing to bet there is much to come in the upcoming months.